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The original version of LATW’s groundbreaking docudrama about the Pentagon Papers, the infamous classified documents about US involvement in the Vietnam War, and how The Washington Post fought the government to publish them.

Includes a 1991 panel discussion with journalists Ben Bradlee, Peter Braestrup, Robert Maynard, Carla Robbins, Robert Scheer, and George Wilson.

Recorded before a live audience at the Guest Quarters Suite Hotel, Santa Monica in March, 1991.

Directed by Tom Moore

Producing Director Susan Albert Loewenberg

Philip Abbot as Chal Roberts

Irene Arranga as Bailiff/Clerk

Edward Asner as Ben Bradlee

Ed Begley, Jr. as George Wilson

Jack Coleman as Eugene Patterson/Carl Coogan

Richard Dysart as Narrator

Hector Elizondo as Fritz Beebee

Bo Foxworth as The Soldier

Robert Foxworth as Ben Bagdikian

Robin Gammell as Murray Marder

Gerrit Graham as Robert Mardian

Howard Hesseman as Brian Sullivan

Stacy Keach as John Mitchell

Darrell Larson as Darryl Cox

Nan Martin as Meg Greenfield

Marsha Mason as Katherine Graham

Richard Riehle as Lamont Vanderhall

Harry Shearer as Richard Nixon

Joe Spano as Ron Ziegler

James Whitmore as Judge Martin Peel

Harris Yulin as Henry Kissinger

Stage Manager and Sound Effects, Barnaby Harris. Recording Engineer, Steve Barker. Download and start listening now!

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About the Author

Geoffrey Cowan, president of the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands and the Annenberg Family Chair in Communication Leadership at the University of Southern California, is the best-selling author of The People v. Clarence Darrow.

About the Narrators

Ed Begley, Jr., is an actor, director, and environmentalist. The son of Academy Award–winning actor Ed Begley, Sr., he has starred in numerous films, including Woody Allen’s Whatever Works, Batman Forever, The Accidental Tourist, and The In-Laws. As a director, he has worked on the television show NYPD Blue and the award-winning play Cesar and Ruben. He and his family are currently documenting construction of a LEED Platinum–certified home for Begley Street, a television and web series.

Edward “Ed” Asner is an American actor best known for his Emmy-winning role as Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, later continued in a spin-off series, Lou Grant. He has made dozens of appearances—including voice-over work—on television shows and has recorded a number of audiobooks.

Harris Yulin is an Emmy-nominated stage, film, and television actor who is best known for his work in Scarface, Training Day, Rush Hour 2, and his appearances in Frasier, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Law & Order. He has also directed a number of plays, including This Lime Tree Bower, Don Juan in Hell, and Intimacy.

Hector Elizondo is a stage, film, and television actor who was born and raised in New York. He has appeared in many Broadway productions, most notably in Arthur Penn’s Sly Fox. His many film credits include Pretty Woman and Runaway Bride, both alongside Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, as well as The Princess Diaries and Valentine’s Day.

Marsha Mason is a four-time Academy Award nominee for Best Actress and a two-time Golden Globe winner. She was nominated for an Emmy for her guest appearance on Frasier and for a Grammy for best Comedy Album in 2000. She is currently featured on the sitcom The Middle. Her Broadway credits include The Night of the Iguana (1996) and Steel Magnolias (2005).

John Vickery is a classical stage actor who has appeared in many stage performances, including The Lion King on Broadway, in which he played Scar. He has also appeared on a variety of television shows, most notably Babylon 5 and Star Trek.

Stacy Keach is perhaps best known for his portrayal of hard-boiled detective Mike Hammer. He played Ken Titus on the sitcom Titus, Warden Henry Pope in the hit series Prison Break, and has been seen in numerous film and stage productions. He won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Ernest Hemingway and starred as Richard Nixon in the US National Tour of Frost/Nixon. His performance in the title role of King Lear has received international acclaim.